By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 4/29/2011
While half-ton pickups make up much of the domestic manufacturers' sales, the trucks that really do the heavy lifting are the three-quarter and one-ton models. To this end, some of the toughest, most abused, and most proven trucks on the market are the 2011 Ford Super Duty lineup. Making up some 40 percent of F-Series sales, the Super Duty is no weekend warrior; it's a bona fide workhorse with an appetite for getting dirty.You'll Like This Car If...
Beyond its natural ability to tow, haul and generally move anything not firmly anchored to the ground, Ford's Super Duty trucks are loaded with modern conveniences and high-tech gadgets to make a busy work day go a whole lot smoother.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a pickup that telegraphs your rugged, do-it-yourself attitude and blue collar roots, but you don't really have a rugged do-it-yourself attitude and blue collar roots, a half-ton variant of the F-Series truck will probably suffice.What's New for 2011
The big news for 2011 is found beneath the Super Duty's hood, where a new 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel pumps out 390 horsepower and 735 pound-feet of torque; also new is a 6.2-liter gasoline V8 good for 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to an all-new heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission.Driving It Driving Impressions
Ask any truck owner and they'll tell you the most important feature after the truck's engine is its body strength. To this end, Ford has concentrated on giving the Super Duty the stiffest chassis it has ever produced, including fully-boxed front frame rails, and thick C-Channel frame rails and crossmembers. After crisscrossing hundreds of miles of Texas terrain, we can report that Ford's hard work has paid off handsomely. Whether it's the quiet cabin, the taut steering, powerful brakes or the overall subdued ride motion, the Ford Super Duty is one of the most comfortable and capable heavy-duty pickups available.Favorite Features
King Ranch Trim
Constituting both interior (Chaparral leather) and exterior (PowerScope mirrors) upgrades, the King Ranch enhances over-the-road comfort with material, workmanship and appointment upgrades, adding immeasurably to the Super Duty's attractiveness. And, unlike some luxury pickups, there's no intention of appealing – overtly – to the Country Club set; this remains a work truck and not a work-in-progress.
Power Stroke Diesel
Ford's new 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel is a true dynamo, with torque and towing figures near the top of its class.